My Top 500 Films of All Time

This list was a few months in the making. At first, I was gonna make a Top 250 list. But then I already crossed the 200 mark and I was still in the 1950's. I keep extending and extending the list until I said, "Okay, 500!" Even at 500, I had to make some tough cuts. I keep editing it these past few months. I wanted my list to cover my personal favorites in as many diverse genres, sub-genres, directors and countries as possible. I highly recommend each and every film on this list. (NOTE: This list is arranged CHRONOLOGICALLY because *you* try ranking 500 movies. It's a pain in the ass!)

EDITED: I've updated this list for 2020.

  • A Trip to the Moon

    1

  • Les Vampires

    2

  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    3

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    4

  • Nosferatu

    5

  • Safety Last!

    6

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    7

  • Greed

    8

  • The Gold Rush

    9

  • Battleship Potemkin

    10

  • The General

    11

  • 7th Heaven

    12

  • Metropolis

    13

  • The Kid Brother

    14

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    15

  • The Crowd

    16

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    17

  • The Cameraman

    18

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    19

  • Pandora's Box

    20

  • Un Chien Andalou

    21

  • City Lights

    22

  • M

    23

  • Frankenstein

    24

  • Freaks

    25

  • Scarface

    26

  • Love Me Tonight

    27

  • King Kong

    28

  • Zero for Conduct

    29

  • Duck Soup

    30

  • Les Misérables

    31

  • L'Atalante

    32

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    33

  • A Night at the Opera

    34

  • Modern Times

    35

  • Swing Time

    36

  • Dodsworth

    37

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    38

  • Grand Illusion

    39

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    40

  • Bringing Up Baby

    41

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood

    42

  • Stagecoach

    43

  • The Rules of the Game

    44

  • The Wizard of Oz

    45

  • Ninotchka

    46

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    47

  • His Girl Friday

    48

  • Pinocchio

    49

  • Rebecca

    50

  • The Great Dictator

    51

  • The Philadelphia Story

    52

  • High Sierra

    53

  • The Lady Eve

    54

  • Citizen Kane

    55

  • The Maltese Falcon

    56

  • Dumbo

    57

  • Sullivan's Travels

    58

  • Casablanca

    59

  • The Palm Beach Story

    60

  • The Ox-Bow Incident

    61

  • Cat People

    62

  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    63

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    64

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    65

  • Double Indemnity

    66

  • Arsenic and Old Lace

    67

  • Laura

    68

  • Children of Paradise

    69

  • Rome, Open City

    70

  • Brief Encounter

    71

  • The Bells of St. Mary's

    72

  • Leave Her to Heaven

    73

  • Scarlet Street

    74

  • Shoeshine

    75

  • Cluny Brown

    76

  • Notorious

    77

  • The Big Sleep

    78

  • Beauty and the Beast

    79

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    80

  • Great Expectations

    81

  • Black Narcissus

    82

  • Miracle on 34th Street

    83

  • Brute Force

    84

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    85

  • Letter from an Unknown Woman

    86

  • Germany Year Zero

    87

  • The Red Shoes

    88

  • Rope

    89

  • Red River

    90

  • The Fallen Idol

    91

  • Bicycle Thieves

    92

  • Unfaithfully Yours

    93

  • Portrait of Jennie

    94

  • The Third Man

    95

  • White Heat

    96

  • Late Spring

    97

  • The Heiress

    98

  • Orpheus

    99

  • In a Lonely Place

    100